Seeing the success of Pokemon Go, it’s only natural that other games may adopt a similar platform.
In an interview for the October issue of Game Informer, Niantic CEO John Hanke said that he already has some projects in development that will make use of the Niantic platform.
Pokemon Go uses a lot of information that’s based on Niantic’s first game, Ingress, and it’s possible that more games will do the same in the future. Hanke says, “That’s always been our strategy to build up a platform underneath a game that can be used for other games, and frankly other experiences that may not exactly be games, but are still within that area of exercise, discovery, and social interaction. The Niantic platform is very much a part of our long-term vision and we have some projects that are in the early stages now that will be built on top of it so you can definitely expect to see that from us in the future.”
Talking about competition, he goes on to say, “I think it’s healthy,” he said. “There is definitely room for multiple successful games in the category. I think it is a really fresh area for game designers, developers, and publishers to explore with new kinds of gameplay. It’s an area where there can still be a ton of innovation. It’s a positive step for everyone to bring games out into the real word and give people the motivation, the excuse, to get out, get some exercise, see new places, and hopefully have good healthy interactions with other human beings.”
He also talks about plans and updates for Pokemon Go, which includes the upcoming Buddy system, which allows the players to choose a Buddy Pokemon who will “appear alongside the Trainer avatar on your profile screen, adding helpful bonuses such as awarding Candy for walking together.”
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